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percent soup, 46 percent beverage, 9 percent
sauce and 4 percent food-service products.
Campbell’s currently produces more than 200
varieties of soup, an ample extension of the
32-soup lineup depicted in Warhol’s pop-art
monument, Campbell’s Soup Cans.
A shrinking environmental
A series of partnerships with local companies
has given Campbell a boost toward compa-ny-wide sustainability goals. Approximately
one-third of the plant’s energy comes from
renewable resources, leaning toward the
objective of 40 percent by 2020. The plant also
recycles 95 percent of materials, closing in on
the zero-waste target. In September 2012, the
facility transitioned to natural gas in a $20 million project. Coal and oil boilers that were more
than 30 years old were replaced with natural
The abutting photovoltaic field, the largest
in the United States supplying a single private
facility, is a mosaic of 23,040 high-efficiency
solar panels. On a sunny day, it can provide 10
megawatts of power. Solar energy fulfills 15 percent of the plant’s requirements and cuts 12,000
metric tons of greenhouse emissions annually.
Campbell has been drawing electricity from the
field, which is connected to an electric plant
owned by a local company, since 2011. They
have a 20-year, exclusive, fixed-rate contract.
Campbell is also the primary contributor to a
community biodigestor that sits across the road
from the plant. Currently in a testing phase, it’s
expected to be fully operational this summer. The
biodigestor converts Campbell’s waste treatment
sludge and fruit-and-vegetable waste, or pomace, into the methane fueling two generators
capable of producing 2. 8 megawatts, or up to 20
percent of the plant’s energy needs. A local biogas company handles the methane processing.
There’s more in the works. A tower on the
grounds collects data for the possibility of energy generated by wind.
The facility’s own water plant can generate
15 million gallons daily, enough to serve a city
of 200,000 people. It’s fed by the Maumee River
from an intake three miles upstream from the
factory. The muddy water is softened, clarified,
filtered and disinfected, which brings it up to
EPA drinking water standards, then stored in a
water tower that supplies the entire operation.
The Napoleon facility has reduced waste-
water consumption by one-third in the last
five years. Eighty percent of the plant’s hot
water is recycled and used to preheat water
Waste treatment is handled two differ-
ent ways. The first is a traditional water
treatment plant, like those used by munic-
ipalities. The facility can treat 10 million
gallons daily, enough to serve a city of
120,000 people. The second method is to
pretreat wastewater and funnel it to a sys-
tem that irrigates 640 acres of reed canary
grass planted along the Maumee. The
treated water makes its way back to the
river and the grass is harvested by farmers
in the area twice a year and used for hay
to feed cattle.